RSPCA Preston & District Branch Animal Centre is to re-open to the public next month.


The centre closed in December 2017 so that improvements could be made. The dogs, cats and rabbits being cared for there at the time were transferred to other RSPCA animal centres.


The doors will re-open on Sunday 10 March.


RSPCA Regional Operations Manager for the North West,  Anne Corbishley, said: “We’re very excited to be able to re-open the centre to the public.


“It has taken a while but we’ve done a lot of work at the centre to ensure that we can deliver high standards of care to our animals. This includes new ventilation in the cattery and new fencing around the dog exercise paddocks. We are really proud of the improvements that have been made.


“Not all of the accommodation at the centre will return to use straight away but over the next few weeks 14 kennels and 12 cat pens will re-open.”


New animal centre manager Mark Allen said: “We can’t wait to re-open the centre and I would encourage anyone interested in adopting a cat or a dog to come and visit us.”


The branch has continued to help animals in the area throughout the centre’s closure, providing a clinic on Lancaster Road, Preston and welfare assistance to owners who cannot afford treatment for their own animals.


The clinic helped around 1,400 animals in 2018. This important animal welfare work will continue when the centre re-opens.


Anne said: “We’re very grateful for the support we’ve continued to receive during this difficult period.


“People have continued to donate to the branch, and these donations have allowed us to continue to help animals in need in the area even though the centre itself has been closed.”


Supporters are encouraged to check the branch website and follow our Facebook page for more details